32 teams for Reliance Foundation national-level jrs football

first_imgMumbai, Dec 28 (PTI) Thirty two champion teams from the eight city legs of the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports School and College football competition are set to vie for the top honours in the national-level championship to be held here from December 30 to January 7.Teams which were victorious in their respective city leg categories of junior boys, senior boys, senior girls and college boys from Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kochi, Goa, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata would play in the tournament in which matches are to be held at the Cooperage ground in South Mumbai and Father Agnel School Ground in Vashi, said a media release today.The inaugural edition of the championship carries a total prize money of Rs 16 lakhs, with an additional individual scholarship awards worth Rs 2 lakhs for the twenty best players.The league stage of the championship would be played over the first five days in both venues leading to the semis and final matches from January 4 at the Cooperage ground.All matches would be officiated by the All India Football Federation-appointed Match Commissioners and Referees, the release said.Launched this July in partnership with All India Football Federation and all eight Indian Super League clubs, the inaugural edition of the competition witnessed over 2500 teams from 1800 institutes in eight cities competing under the 4 categories.Reliance Foundation Youth Sports has an elite six-member Advisory Board comprising Chairperson Nita Ambani, sports icons Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes and Saina Nehwal, along with Prof. Dipak Jain and Ranbir Kapoor, the release added. PTI SSR NRB BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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Coach Sondhi conveys his displeasure to Aamir

first_imgPhagwara, Dec 29 (PTI) Former Indian wrestling coach P R Sondhi has conveyed his “displeasure” to film star Aamir Khan for allegedly demeaning the character of wrestling coach in the Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal. Phagwara-based Sondhi, who had trained the Phogat sisters ahead of their participation in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is miffed with the film makers for showing a character modelled after him in a poor light. Sondhi expressed his displeasure for demeaning the character of wrestling coach in the film during a telephonic conversation with Aamir yesterday, he said here today. “I told Aamir that the film was good and will boost sports, especially wrestling, particularly in North India, besides its being a feminist statement on equality of girls with boys in a region where the social evil of female foeticide was prevalent,” he said. However, I also told Aamir that portrayal of the coach in negative role had hurt him (Sondhi) hugely, he said. “I also told him that Aamir or Director Nitesh Tiwari should have talked to him about it,” he said. Sondhi had met Aamir during shooting of Dangal in Ludhiana. “We discussed wrestling but nothing about the portrayal of coach was discussed,” Sondhi claimed. He said that Aamir heard him patiently during his telephonic conversation. “I hope Aamir will again ring me up to clear my objection to the villainous portrayal of coach as it had downgraded coaches as a class and (he) will say sorry for it,” he said. “Aamir is a good actor, good film maker and a good person. I am his fan. I dont know how he has committed this mistake,” a perturbed Sondhi said. The film Dangal is based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his two daughters Geeta and Babita who had won gold and silver medals respectively in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. In the movie, Sondhis character – P R Kadam played by Girish Kulkarni – is shown locking up Mahavir Phogat, portrayed by Aamir, in a store room during Geetas gold medal bout in the 55kg category. “No such thing happened at all,” said Sondhi emphatically. “There were five other coaches. There were wrestling officials and media. If anything like it had happened, it must have been picked by media,” argued Sondhi. “Besides, Mahavir is a thorough gentleman who never interfered during coaching of his daughters who were trained alongwith other girls,” he said. He said that he was aware that few fictional events were added to make the film entertaining, but it should not have been at his expense. The 70-year-old Sondhi runs RPD Olympic Wrestling Academy here after his retirement. PTI Cor VJ AKA PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Khandu extends cabinet in Arunachal, 3 new faces inducted

first_imgItanagar, Jan 14 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today expanded his ministry with Governor V Shanmuganathan administering the oath of office and secrecy to three new faces at a function in the Raj Bhawan here.Those inducted were Dr Mahesh Chai, Bamang Felix and Deputy Speaker Alo Libang Nyapin.In a dramatic move, Khandu along with 32 Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLAs had joined BJP on December 31 last year and had dropped three ministers.The three ministers were Rajesh Tacho (animal husbandry, dairy development, fisheries, sports and youth affairs), Tanga Byaling (rural development and panchayati raj) and Takam Pario (PHE, water supply and disaster management).Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin conducted the function, attended by Khandus cabinet colleagues, Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, former chief minister and lone Congress MLA Nabam Tuki and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.The Gauhati High Court is scheduled to hear a case moved by the state Congress regarding joining of 33 Congress MLAs including Khandu, with PPA. The BJP Legislature Party leader has also not being elected in the state. PTI COR DKB NSDlast_img read more

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WEF-SECURITY 3 LAST

first_imgThe authorities of the Confederation and the Canton of The authorities of the Confederation and the Canton of Graubunden consider the World Economic Forum annual meeting to be a place of open dialogue. As such, critical debate on issues such as globalisation and the development of the world economy should be possible. However, the authorities expect the concerns, arguments and proposals of critics to be put forward in a peaceful manner. “The Graubunden authorities are willing, in principle, to authorise a demonstration this year. However, it is essential that requirements to protect people, infrastructure and property are respected,” the government said. If a demonstration is held in a town square or involves a march, detailed arrangements have to be made between the organisers and the authorities. Considerations such as traffic routing have to be taken into account, as do the needs of the local population and holiday guests. Requests for authorisation to hold a demonstration must, therefore, be submitted as early as possible, and no later than 48 hours prior to the planned event. The threshold set for police intervention will be consistent with that applied in previous years, which has proved to be effective. Intervention is appropriate when the law is broken in order to send a clear signal that violence will not be tolerated. The proven strategy of dialogue, de- escalation and firm response within the scope of what is proportionate will continue to be applied. In order to ensure an open and comprehensive briefing of the media and the general public on all aspects of WEF annual meetings in Davos, the Graubünden authorities, in cooperation with the commune of Davos and the Confederation, have set up an external media centre as well as the website. Winter sports in the Davos and Prattigau region are generally not affected during the WEF annual meet. There are no general travel restrictions. Davos is accessible by public transport, by road or on foot. PTI BJ RAM ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

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Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad to increase La Liga lead

first_imgReal Madrid saw its rivals falter and then did its part against Real Sociedad, winning 3-0 with a goal and an assist by Cristiano Ronaldo to increase its lead in the Spanish league.Madrid opened a four-point gap on Barcelona and Sevilla, which failed to win their matches earlier Sunday.Second-placed Barcelona needed a late equalizer by Luis Suarez to draw at Real Betis 1-1, while 10-man Sevilla lost 3-1 at Espanyol.Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid was held to a scoreless draw at promoted Alaves on Saturday, staying 10 points off the lead.Madrid’s advantage could become even bigger as it has a game in hand at Valencia.”We are not thinking about what the other teams are doing,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said. “We have to do our part and keep winning.”Ronaldo set up Mateo Kovacic’s opening goal with a clever through ball in the 38th minute, then scored himself with a neat chip shot over the charging goalkeeper in the 51st.Alvaro Morata netted the third with a diving header in the 82nd, only 10 minutes after he had a goal disallowed for offside.Ronaldo, who was jeered by some fans early in the match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, also had a goal disallowed for offside in the 90th.Real Sociedad played a man down from the 74th as Inigo Martinez was shown a second yellow card for a hard foul on Casemiro.It was the fourth win in the last five league games for Madrid, which was coming off elimination against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ishant Sharma asks Bangladesh batsman to keep his mouth shut. Watch what happened next

first_imgIndia might have completely dominated Bangladesh in the one-off Test but the visitors have not shied away from showing some spark on the field every now and then.Bangladesh, admittedly, are a much-improved Test team now and it has shown in their batting efforts. Meanwhile, the Tigers have always been game for a bit of on-field banter against their big brother. The India-Bangladesh animosity is well documented from Virender Sehwag questioning Bangladesh’s ability to take 20 wickets, Rubel Hossain sledging Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni running into Mustfizur Rahman.On Monday, as Bangladesh struggled valiantly to save the Test in Hyderabad, another chapter was added to this rivalry.Ishant Sharma, bowling an inspired spell on a hot and humid day, produced a few rippers on a flat pitch. The lanky pacer is in the habit of staring batsmen down often but Sabbir Rahman decided to stare right back and indulge India’s most seasoned bowler.Ishant, like a senior statesmen, gestured Sabbir to just focus on his batting, shut up and play.In his very next over, Ishant trapped Sabbir plumb in front of the wickets and gave him a nice little send-off. That little moment spurred Ishant on further and he removed the stubborn Mahmudullah, who had defied the Indian attack for 149 deliveries to score a gritty 66.last_img read more

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JLR unveils Ratan Tatas passion project Range Rover Velar

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Mar 2 (PTI)Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled new Range Rover model Velar, a passion project of Ratan Tata, as part of its ambitious expansion plans to ramp up production of its luxury brands despite the challenges posed by Brexit.Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, credited the final product to the passion of Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata at a grand ceremony at Londons Design Museum yesterday evening.”I would like to thank Ratan Tata. Ever since he saw the first sketch of the Velar, he became a passionate advocate of it,” McGovern said at the unveiling.”Design has the power to enrich peoples lives… this is avehicle with emotionally charged DNA and unquestionable pedigree,” he added.Described as one of the “hottest products this year”, the Velar is now open to orders from around the world, including India, and is priced at around 45,000 pounds.The UK car industry had backed the remain campaign during the Brexit referendum last year because the European Union remains by far the countrys biggest market, something that could be directly affected by the final trade deal struck as Britain exits the economic bloc.”Brexit is a significant challenge and we want our respective governments to support our industry. The last year was undoubtedly a very, very successful year for the industry but there is a lot of uncertainty with one of our biggest market, the EU,” Mike Hawes, the chief of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), had said recently.advertisementIn a boost to British manufacturing, JLR announced that the Velar will be built exclusively at JLRs flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands region of England.”The expansion of our product range and building this British designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. We are leading the global premium car industry with our commitment to our home market and our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK,” said JLR CEO Ralf Speth.The Range Rover brand has been heralded as Britains greatest luxury export since the 1970s and includes the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque.Together they have helped transform the fortunes of the UKs largest vehicle manufacturer, accounting for 85 per cent of all premium cars produced in Britain and contributing 10 billion pounds to the UK economy every year, JLR said.Built using JLRs leading lightweight aluminium architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the new Velar is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.The Range Rover Velar is the third model to be launched at the Solihull manufacturing plant in two years.It follows an injection of 1.5 billion pounds in new facilities and technologies at the plant, which began with the Jaguar XE and F-PACE.Production of all JLR models at the four UK manufacturing plants directly supports more than 40,000 British jobs and a further 250,000 in the supply chain, a JLR statement said.In the past six years, the company has more than doubled its workforce to support global demand for its products.Last year, Jaguar Land Rover sold 583,313 cars ? more than one every minute, 44 per cent of which were Range Rovers.The Range Rover Velar will be sold in more than 100 markets globally and is available to order from later this year.The Velar will be on display at the Design Museum in London until March 6 for customers who are eager to see the model before buying it.The car will also form the centrepiece of a new exhibition documenting 45 years of Range Rover, Velar to Velar which opens at the Solihull manufacturing plant at the end of March.It will be doing the motor show circuit around the world, starting with Geneva this month. PTI AK UZM AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

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North Korea free to take part in 2018 Games, says Seoul

first_imgNorth Korea will be allowed to travel to South Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if it wishes to take part, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Monday.North Korean athletes need approval from Seoul to enter the South as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically in a state of war.The ministry’s comments come after Choi Moon-soon, the governor of the 2018 host city’s province, said on Sunday that a North Korean sports official had told him the North wanted to take part in the Games.A North Korea sports delegation is currently in South Korea to take part in an international ice hockey competition in Gangneung, which will host some events during the 2018 Games.Speaking in response to a question regarding North Korea’s participation at the Olympics, ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said there were no sanctions in place that prevented them from taking part.”On North Korea participating in a sports event in South Korea, if they apply to come under regulations and procedures, our position is to approve it under regulations and procedures,” he added.Seoul has also approved a trip to North Korea by the South’s women’s soccer team to take part qualifiers for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.Group B of qualifying for the Asian Cup finals in Jordan will be held in Pyongyang from April 3-11, with Hong Kong, Uzbekistan and India also involved. The match between the two Koreas is scheduled for Friday.Tensions on the peninsula are currently high, with South Korea saying late last month that the North was ready to carry out a new nuclear test.advertisementlast_img read more

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Attention nonprofit marketers: Seth Godin is right again

first_imgSeth Godin has a great post today that all fundraisers should heed. He notes:If you’ve got a small, fixable problem, people will rush to help, because people like to be on the winning side, take credit and do something that worked. If you’ve got a generational problem, something that is going to take herculean effort and even then probably won’t pan out, we’re going to move on in search of something smaller.Not fair, but true.Don’t believe him?Read this:An estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless.Then watch this.Drew from InvisiblePeople.tv on Vimeo.I’m overwhelmed by the first statement. But I’m ready to do something for people like Drew. And it’s not just me. It’s the way the human mind and heart work. REMEMBER: We focus on what we can grasp, and we act on what we can change.last_img read more

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Want to be a social media superstar? Get a bigger brain.

first_imgAccording to ReadWriteWeb, British anthropologists and psychologists writing in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B have found a direct linear relationship between the size of a person’s social network and the size of an area of the brain known as the orbital prefrontal cortex.Interestingly, the team of researchers included Robin Dunbar, who created the Dunbar Number. It quantifies the number of meaningful relationships a person can maintain – which according to Dunbar is 150 people. I guess “meaningful” is a relative term. Anyway, according to ReadWriteWeb, “Establishing a new correlation between social networks and prefrontal cortex size lends credibility to Dunbar’s assertions that our brains aren’t big to be smart, but to help us manage relationships that will ultimately help us survive. In other words, a really smart loner caveman was less likely to survive than the average guy everybody liked to come along on the mammoth hunt.”So the bigger your prefrontal cortex, the more likely you were to land a mammoth steak then – or the more friends you can handle on Facebook now.Then there’s the ability to get where other people are coming from – also known as “theory of mind” skill. Pair that with a big orbital prefrontal cortex and you’re a social butterfly.So what do we do with this information? Well, you could insist on an MRI for your next social media manager as Roger Dooley jokes in another article.Or you could recognize a larger fact, as Roger also points out. Some people are more wired for social graces than others. Seek out the naturals at forging connections when you look for staff to network for your organization. It’s hard to teach someone how to make connections with facility – especially if their orbital prefrontal cortex is on the wee bitty side. You may be better off going with nature over nurture. Hire the social butterfly rather than trying to hatch one.last_img read more

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7 ways to improve your storytelling

first_imgThis post is adapted from a webinar I hosted for Network for Good. Thanks to my colleague Caryn for the content!. And while we’re on the topic of storytelling, don’t forget next week’s free webinar on storytelling! (Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1 pm ET— Sign up even if you can’t make it, because we’ll send you a recording afterward. You can listen to it any time you like.)Storytelling is great for fundraising and creating awareness. People relate to other people and their stories. Remember these guidelines and you’ll soon be telling great stories about your impact, the people you help and your generous supporters. Plus, you’ll be a big hit at the next dinner party, too.Photo via Big Stock Photo1. Everybody has a story to tell. So go find them. If you don’t have a great story, turn to your volunteers, turn to your coworkers, or turn to the people you help.2. Avoid the “kitchen sink.” Some people try to relay every single aspect and bit of minutia about their organization and their programs in a story. While that may seem like a good idea — the more information you put out the more convincing it is, right? — it actually creates information overload. Instead, find one small anecdote or facet of your work and show how it relates to everything else. Create a snapshot that people will remember.3. Nice is not enough. You’re a nonprofit and so you are doing good work — it comes with the territory. That is not enough to pique somebody’s interest. You need to find a good backstory — something unique and something that can create emotion and interest.4. Don’t be too close and don’t be too far. If you’re too close to your cause you may be numb to some of the interesting and amazing things that happen as a result of your work. If you’re too far removed from your cause, you may be stuck in policy planning and have lost touch with the emotion of it.5. Share your senses. All five of them. The more you can make the reader feel like he or she is there, the better.6. Always keep your audience in mind. Perhaps you have an industry specific newsletter or are trying to reach legislators. In that case, you may want to include the technical details, butin most other cases, you should avoid it.7. Fit into a larger trend or story. You don’t have to try to match up with the biggest headline of the week, but try to find some sort of trend, whether local, regional or national. If there is no trend, then ask yourself if the story is important right now. Is there a policy decision to be made, other news stories about your cause at large, or any form of public polls taking place?last_img read more

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7 Ways to get repeat freelance clients

first_imgWhat’s better than a new client inquiry in your inbox? An old client who wants to work with you again.Repeat clients are great because there’s less of a client “onboarding” process, you both know each others’ expectations, and you spent $0 marketing to them.Here are 7 ways to get repeat clients:1. Follow your ex-clients on social media. Retweet or like their posts periodically. You’ll be surprised who watches these numbers! Learn more about how to find clients on social media here.2. Start an email newsletter. I’m not talking about a super time-intensive daily newsletter. A freelance photographer I worked with in the past sends me one email a month that contains just one image and a caption. It’s probably the guy’s best photograph, I always open them because it’s easily digestible and beautiful, and I will never forget his name now. Automatically put clients’ email addresses in your subscriber list. We broke down exactly how to start an email newsletter here.3. Send handwritten thank you notes and holiday cards. Emails get buried. Handwritten notes are unique, personal, and memorable. Yes, a handwritten card may cost you a few dollars, but it’s worth it! Find great handmade thank you cards on Etsy.4. Have great freelance business cards, and give them away liberally. Even if you’ve already landed a client, give them some business cards. Most people catalog all their business cards and reference them. When you finish a project with a client, give them 3-5 business cards and let them know they’re free to give them to others looking for your services. We have tips on creating great freelance business cards here.5. Keep up-to-date on what your client is doing. This can mean following them on social media (as stated above), but can also mean setting up a Google Alert for them or googling them periodically to see any news or business developments. Seems like too much work? Well, tell that to the freelancer I heard from recently who found a gig with a past client by sending them an email congratulating them on a new product launch and offering her services to write SEO-friendly blog posts associated with the product.6. Reach out to past bosses and coworkers. While your previous boss wasn’t exactly a “client,” this is someone who knows how you work and how great you are, but may not know you’re freelancing. Go through your old 9-5 email contacts, pick a few acquaintances, check them out on LinkedIn, and send them a quick note to let them know what you’re up to.7. Make sure your current clients understand everything you do. While you’re working on a project with a client, make sure that they understand that while you specialize in the type of project you’re working on with them, you also provide other services. Keep an eye out for other things the company is doing where your services could be used. I know a freelancer writer who started at a company as a technical writer, but by reaching out to the blog editor and offering to write blog posts, her contract was extended.What do you do to get repeat clients?last_img read more

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Premier League: West Ham United get injury boost ahead of Swansea City visit

first_imgMidfielders Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio are available for West Ham United’s Premier League game against Swansea on Saturday after recovering from knocks, manager Slaven Bilic said.Lanzini, out for a month due to a knee injury, has played just once this season while Antonio suffered a groin strain in the 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.Their return is a boost for Bilic as he looks to guide West Ham, who have four points from six games after a tough start to the season, out of the bottom three. “Manuel Lanzini is back in the squad. He will be in the squad against Swansea,” Bilic told the club’s website (www.whufc.com).”His (Antonio’s) injury wasn’t that bad and there was always a chance he would be available for the game with Swansea,” he added.West Ham completed the double over Swansea last season, winning 4-1 away before Cheikhou Kouyate’s strike sealed victory at the London Stadium. “That we beat them twice last season- it means something, but on the other hand, it doesn’t mean a thing just before the start of the game,” Bilic said.”To me, it just means we look very motivated in training and we look good and we have the players back… now we have that opportunity and possibility to get out of this end zone.”West Ham have lost only one of their last nine league games against Swansea. The Welsh side have collected five points from six games this season.last_img read more

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Ford launches 2017 EcoSport in India, prices start at Rs 7.3 lakh

first_imgFord India has launched the new face-lifted EcoSport compact SUV in India. The SUV will be taking on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. The EcoSport is a sub-4 meter model which means that it will qualify for excise duty benefits.The upcoming SUV now sports various exterior changes, with the vehicle now possessing a stronger and aggressive stance than the previous model. The SUV will be getting the Ford’s signature hexagonal single-grill which is wider and more prominent that the model before. The headlamps are new with added Daytime Running LEDs, so are the bumpers which get a tough aggressive stance as well.The looks have not changed as much at the rear but the interiors have been renovated with a center console, a touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new steering wheel, and a instrument cluster, and new body coloured inserts.The engine is new as Ford is bringing out a naturally petrol engine on the EcoSport from the Dragon range of engines. The engine is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine which produces 125bhp and 150Nm. This engine is tipped to be offered with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.The 1.5 liter TDCI turbocharged diesel engine will be the other option which is the same as the outgoing model. This engine produces 98.6 Bhp and 205 Nm, and will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.This petrol motor is turbocharged and churns out an astounding 125 Bhp and 170 Nm. This engine will make the EcoSport the most powerful petrol compact SUV in the segment. The engine however comes mated to a 5-speed manual which is already provided in India.advertisementThe prices for the EcoSport petrol starts at Rs 7.3 lakh ex-showroom, and the diesel starts at Rs 8 lakh ex-showroom.last_img read more

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Who wants the Ferrari Pista?

first_imgYes, you read that right. One of the meanest Ferraris from its stable, the Pista is all set to make its debut this year. The track-focused 488 variant will get an overhaul and will be called Pista, which incidentally is the Indian word for pistachios.The pictures were shared on an American forum website called ‘Ferrari Chat’, which shows the car’s mean aerodynamic changes which includes a large splitter at the front, and a bigger rear diffuser, and the name as well – Ferrari Pista.Ferrari has not yet gone official with the car yet, or the name. The only respite we have here is in the form of an official nod to point towards the upcoming car apart from footage released last week which showed the 458 successor on the track at Ferrari’s Maranello base. The Ferrari Pista is all set to become the most hardcore, track-focused road car Ferrari has ever produced. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag.We expect the Pista’s engine spec to be similar to the mid-mounted turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 in the standard 488, but with additional boosting and increased turbo pressure with internal modifications so as to produce its anticipated 709bhp with increased torque as compared to the standard 488 figure of 760Nm.Also known as the 488 GTO, the mean track-road car will get a dash of carbon fibre parts for the body and the interior. The car will get the standard carbon-fibre tub for the occupants, and the dashboard. On the outside, the bonnet, bumpers and a rear spoiler will get the carbon fibre treatment.advertisement There is more weight-reduction. Ferrari will be using 20-inch wheels made from carbon-fibre, which are 40 per cent lighter than the standard 488 rims.The transmission will be the previously known seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but we expect the tech boffins at Ferrari to give the Pista its own unique settings alongside Slide Slip Control management which will allow for greater yaw angles before fully intervening.Ferrari is also yet to confirm whether the name Pista is going to stick. Previously rumoured to be called GTO, and then ‘New V8 Sport Special Series’ in the leaked slides. If one remembers correctly, the last proper GTO, or should we say, the only two GTOs were the 250 and the 288. There was a 599 GTO, a road legal version of the 599XX, which led many to claim it was not worthy of a GTO badge.Prices are unknown yet and tipped to be significantly more than the current 488 GTB. But seriously, do we care?last_img read more

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Mithali Raj feels India can be the surprise element in World T20

first_imgIndia registered a historic double series win against the South African but ODI captain Mithali Raj is certain that the team can be a surprise element in the World T20 come November.The Indian women’s team scripted history on Saturday when they beat South Africa women by 54 runs in the fifth and final T20 international.The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side displayed an all-round performance as they outclassed the Dane van Niekerk-led team, bowling them out for 112 to lift the T20 series trophy by a margin of 3-1 in the five-match series.CHAMPIONS! #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/Bz2d9rK0sKBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2018″The team still requires a lot of hard work in a lot of areas when it comes to the T20 format. We have been very good in the one-day format, but the way the girls have responded to this format in South Africa, I think there is a lot of scope that we can be a surprise element in the World T20,” Raj, 35, told ESPN Cricinfo.”Now people back home are keen to watch on television, they want to know what the Indian women’s team is doing in South Africa.”It is just unfortunate the one-dayers weren’t televised but I am happy the T20s were televised and we have given a very good result. So, getting back home, we have the tri-series against Australia and England, which is again going to be televised so I am hoping all of you will get glued to the TV and start cheering for India,” the veteran batswoman added.advertisementAround Raj, there is a younger crop of promising young cricketers to ease the burden from her shoulders.Th likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy provide middle-order muscle, and in 17-year old Jemimah Rodrigues, who shared a 98-run stand with Raj in the series clincher, a star is being nurtured.”Yes, that has helped my batting, knowing that the team is not completely dependent on me,” she said.”I can at times take that initiative to try out a few strokes in the middle, without getting bothered if I get out. I am very happy that we have more than one or two match-winners in the squad. That makes it a very strong squad.”Not a fan of the T20 format, Raj said she is confident of becoming a good player in the shortest format of the game by tuning herself to that mode.”Honestly, I am not someone who is very fond of the T20 format.”But since I am preparing for the T20 World Cup, it was important for me to start scoring runs in this format to gain that momentum. I am very happy that this series has given me that confidence that I can be a T20 player.”It is a conscious effort to turn my game so that I can get used to the T20 format because as an opener it is important that I have all-round shots and also see that aerial route, because the first six overs are crucial so you can give a start to the team.”India’s next international assignment is against Australia, with the first of three ICC Women’s Championship matches beginning on March 12.It is a busy calendar for India as they will also host Australia and England in a T20I tri-series in March, followed by three ODIs against England at home.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Vinesh Phogat settles for silver at Asian Wrestling Championships

first_imgVinesh Phogat had to settle for silver in the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships as she lost the tough-fought title clash in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Thursday.Phogat lost to Chinese wrestler Chun Lei by a narrow margin of 3-2 in women final of the 50kg category (freestyle).#Wrestling @Phogat_Vinesh wins 50kg women Silver at Asian Championships. Opponent:Chun Lei(CHN). pic.twitter.com/V9bQU7ukl6Olympic Press (@OlympicPressOrg) March 1, 2018She defeated Korean, Kazak, and Japanese wrestlers on her journey to win silver.The 23-year-old came into the final after defeating Japan’s Yuki Irie after the scores were tied 4-4.Meanwhile, another female wrestler Sangeeta secured a bronze medal in 59kg weight category after losing to Um Jieun of Korea Republic 9-4.#Wrestling Sangeeta wins Women 59kg Bronze at Asian Championships defeating Jieun Um(KOR). pic.twitter.com/AMoVIrlmbhOlympic Press (@OlympicPressOrg) March 1, 2018This takes India’s medal tally to four in the tournament after Greco-Roman wrestlers Harpreet Singh and Rajender Kumar clinched bronze earlier.This is also Phogat’s second consecutive silver of the event, following her last year’s podium finish at home on her comeback from a major knee injury.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

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Shane Bond feels Mumbai Indians can turn things around

first_imgAfter another loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians now stand at the verge of being knocked out from the competition.Mumbai, however, are not ready to surrender. Bowling coach Shane Bond feels the team has enough arsenal at its disposal to turn things turnaround in its must-win remaining six games.With just two wins from eight matches, Mumbai Indians are currently languishing at the second last position in the eight-team IPL.IPL 2018, RCB vs MI: Umesh, Southee star as RCB defend 167 on tough pitchThree-time champions Mumbai Indians have six more games remaining and Bond said they still can turnaround the script, just like 2015 when they went on to win their second IPL crown.”We have six games left and we have to win them all. That is what we have to do. I still believe when you look at our squad, we have key players who can win us six games in a row. We have done it in the past (in 2015) and I believe we can do it again,” Bond said after Mumbai lost by 14 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalorehere last night.”We just have to take one game at a time and hopefully we can do that.”Bond said Mumbai players take a lot of pride in their performances so motivation is never a concern.”Motivation is there for the players. The guys take a lot of pride in their performances,” he said.Bond said Mumbai bowlers did well for most part of the day, except for three overs of RCB innings which cost them 60-odd runs.advertisement”We gave 15 runs above than what we would have liked. We bowled well for 17 overs. We bowled three terrible overs which cost us probably 60-65 runs. I think 155 or anything under 160 would have been good for us,” he said.IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma upset with ‘silly mistakes’ after Mumbai Indians’ loss vs RCBJP Duminy conceded 22 runs in the fourth over, Hardik Pandya gave away 20 in 10th while Mitchell Mcclenaghan was hammered for 24 runs in the final over which eventually hurt Mumbai badly.Bond also defended Skipper Rohit Sharma’s decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings.”If you look at the success of the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4. He has batted at No. 4 and won games for us. There is always a debate about where Rohit should bat. But history suggests No. 4 is the best place for Rohit,” he said.Meanwhile, RCB pacer Tim Southee praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy and Mohammad Siraj’s brilliance with the ball in the penultimate over, which left Mumbai to score 23 runs of the last over.”It got a little bit close towards the end. But I think Virat backed the guys to go out there and back their strongest skill set and we saw that with the way Siraj closed out his last over and made my job a little bit easier with a few more to defend,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Liverpool out to end Real hegemony in Champions League final

first_img\R Kiev, May 25 (AFP) A thrilling run inspired by Mohamed Salah has taken Liverpool to tomorrow’s Champions League final in Kiev against Real Madrid, where now Jurgen Klopp’s side must stop the Spanish giants from winning the trophy for the third year running. Real have seen this as their competition ever since winning the first five European Cups in a row, and this is another golden era for them, in which they are dreaming of making it a fourth Champions League in five years. Neither Atletico Madrid (twice) nor Juventus have been able to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from inflicting pain on them in recent finals. But Liverpool’s own attacking quality gives them reason to believe and suggests the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital could be the scene of an unforgettable encounter. In terms of history alone, this is a dream final. Real’s 12 European Cup wins puts them way ahead of the rest, but Liverpool have lifted the famous trophy five times themselves, most recently in 2005, defying all the odds against AC Milan in Istanbul. This time, under Klopp, their adventure started against Hoffenheim in the play-offs last August, on through stunning wins over Manchester City and Roma via a 3-3 draw in Seville when they had been three goals up. – Goals galore – ================ They have scored a record 46 goals in all in this season’s Champions League, with Salah netting 11 of those — the Egyptian has 44 in all competitions since joining from Roma last year. “If we win the competition then the road to Kiev plus the final would be one of the most exceptional rides ever,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website. “So far, it was just outstanding.” Klopp has lost his last five major finals as a coach, including the 2013 Champions League with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich, and the 2016 Europa League with Liverpool against Sevilla.advertisement Experience means his team have to be the outsiders in Kiev — none of the squad have ever played in a Champions League final before — but Klopp knows Zinedine Zidane’s side cannot dismiss them. “Do Real Madrid, sitting in Madrid at the moment, think, ‘thank God it’s Liverpool!’? I can’t imagine that,” added the coach, who has welcomed Emre Can back into his squad. Salah will of course be so important, especially if Marcelo is unable to resist the temptation to abandon his left-back position and join the Real attack. While Gareth Bale is unlikely to make Zidane’s line-up, how will the Liverpool midfield cope against Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, their central defence against Ronaldo? – Five for CR7? – ================= Real can became the first team since Bayern in 1976 to lift the European Cup three years running, and thereby make it five consecutive titles for Spain. Ronaldo could win his fifth Champions League. That would equal the individual record, and leave him in sight of yet another Ballon d’Or. Zidane, meanwhile, is on the brink of a third straight Champions League win as a coach. “We have already made history and we want to keep on doing it. It would be incredible,” defender Raphael Varane told Madrid sports daily Marca. “I still don’t think we have realised the scale of what we are doing, but when all this is over we will. “Through experience we know how difficult it is going to be, but experience gives more security and serenity as well.” The build-up to the game itself has been overshadowed by complaints from fans of both sides that getting to Kiev — and finding accommodation there — has been too expensive. With fans undertaking arduous over-land odysseys to get to Ukraine, and paying extortionate rates for rooms, Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has claimed the city cannot cope with such a big event. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed on Thursday that 1,000 tickets allocated to Real fans had been handed back because they could not get there. Those tickets will — officially at least — be sold to locals, but those coming from afar at great cost will at least be hoping the match itself lives up to its billing.(AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

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HMD Global launches affordable Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 with updated design and hardware

first_imgAt an event in Moscow on Tuesday, HMD Global made a few announcements regarding its Nokia product lineup. The company began by talking about the importance of Russia as a market for Nokia, and soon announced some refreshed versions of last year’s affordable Nokia smartphones to expand its product portfolio further this year. The company has launched updated versions of the Nokia 2, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, simply called Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1, respectively. Notably, the former is an Android Go handset while the latter two are Android One phones with updated design language and hardware.Update: HMD Global has listed the three new Nokia phones on Nokia’s India page and also briefly listed their prices as well before taking it down. As per the listing, the Nokia 2.1 will be priced at Rs 6,999, while the Nokia 3.1 will start at Rs 9,498 and the Nokia 5.1 will cost Rs 12,499. These prices are similar to last year’s models, but we can only know for sure once the phones come to India.The Nokia 2 (2018) or Nokia 2.1 comes with a 5.5-inch HD screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and offers dual front-firing speakers. The company brings a similar dual tone design like the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus. This means the plastic body will be highlighted with accents that will come in either Copper or Silver. HMD announced three colour variants – Blue Copper, Blue Silver and Grey Silver. It is powered by a Snapdragon 425 chipset and is optimised to consume 10 per cent less power than its predecessor. This is paired with 1GB of RAM and will be offered with 8GB of internal storage, expandable up 128GB via microSD card.advertisementThe new Nokia 2 carries forward the 2-day battery life promise of its predecessor as it houses a massive 4,000mAh battery. It sports an 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and a 5MP selfie snapper. Like the Nokia 1 that was launched earlier this year, the new Nokia 2 runs Android Oreo (Go edition), which is a version of Android Oreo that is designed and optimised for entry-level handsets that run 1GB of RAM or lower. The phone will be available in July at $115 (approx Rs 7,800) Nokia 3.1The Nokia 3 (2018) or Nokia 3.1 is a refreshed version of last year’s Nokia 3 which brings a compact form factor along with an updated design language. It brings the dual anodized diamond cut design that has been seen on high-end Nokia phones. It bears a 5.2-inch HD screen with an 18:9 display and is powered by a MediaTek 6750N chipset, delivering 50 per cent more power than before. This will be offered in a choice of 2GB and 3GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB.As for the cameras, the Nokia 3.1 sports a 13MP rear sensor with LED flash and a feature called automatic scene detection. Up front, you get an 8MP selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens. The phone houses a 2,990mAh battery and supports a microUSB port. The Nokia 3.1 will be available in three colour variant. Blue Copper, Black Chrome and White Iron and has already started shipping priced at 139 Euros (approx Rs 10,800). Nokia 2.1Moving over to the Nokia 5 (2018) or Nokia 5.1, which builds upon last year’s Nokia 5. The phone is crafted out a single block of Series 6000 aluminium with rounded corners around the back for a comfortable in-hand feel. It sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 display and 443 ppi pixel density. HMD says the new Nokia 5 offers 40 per cent smoother performance with a 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek 6755S chipset which is paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, respectively with microSD card support.The new Nokia 5 sports a 16MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus and a 8MP front camera with a wide-angle lens. It will be offered in three colours – Copper, Blue and Black. Like the Nokia 2.1, the Nokia 5.1 will be available in July at 189 Euros (approx Rs 14,800). Both the Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 phones are part of the Android One program which means pure, stock Android Oreo with timely Android security updates and a guarantee of Android P and Q in the future.last_img read more

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